Unsung Heroes

Jack Bruce was originally trained as a cellist, but he went on to have a successful career as  a member of “Cream” and as a leader and sideman on numerous rock and jazz recordings.  Chris Squire had no formal musical education but he was one of the founders of “Yes.”   The two them helped to define the bass as a rock ‘n’ roll instrument.  Join Tom Engelmann as he salutes these two aces of bass in another edition of 'Unsung Heroes, Influential but Overlooked Masters of Modern Music.

Lew Soloff
John Abbot

  During a career lasting over forty years, Lew Soloff worked in a variety of musical genres.  A noted member of Blood, Sweat and Tears, he worked with numerous pop and jazz artists like Lou Reed, Paul Simon and Frank Sinatra.  He also worked with some classical orchestras and ensembles.  Join Tom Engelmann, as he celebrates the life of Lew Soloff on another edition of “Unsung Heroes, Influential but Overlooked Masters of Modern Music,” Monday June 8th at 8 PM. 

George Duke, Monday 9/8 at 7:30pm

Sep 8, 2014

Airs Monday, September 8 at 7:30pm

He was often known as a funk artist but he was really much more. 

An original member of the Mothers of Invention, George Duke contributed to music from rock to classical during a career lasting over 40 years. 

He worked with Stanley Clarke, Jean-Luc Ponty, Al Jarreau, Anita Baker, Dianne Reeves and numerous others.  He’s also featured on “Montana,” helping Frank Zappa’s apocryphal dental floss enterprise.

During a short but brilliant career Laura Nyro wrote many of the songs that have been played and recorded by pop artists during the last forty years.  Join Tom Engelmann for another edition of “Unsung Heroes, Influential but Overlooked Masters of Modern Music” as he plays the songs of Laura Nyro  performed by The Fifth Dimension, Three Dog Night, Barbara Streisand, Blood Sweat and Tears and others.  It also features Laura singing with jazz group The Manhattan Transfer and on her last live recording from 1989.

Unsung Heroes: Cowboy Jack Clement

Apr 28, 2014

4/28/14: This week's Monday Music Special, 7:30 - 8:30pm, is another program in Tom Engelmann's series, "Unsung Heroes."

During a career that lasted over sixty years, Cowboy Jack Clement worked as a musician, recording engineer, producer, arranger and composer. Clement was associated with nearly a thousand recordings for George Jones, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Charley Pride, Waylon Jennings and numerous others.

A true “Unsung Hero,” Clement was a Nashville legend. Join Tom Engelmann as he salutes Cowboy Jack, another influential but overlooked master of modern music.

Monday, September 16th, 2013, 7:30pm: host Tom Engelmann returns with another episode of "Unsung Heroes: Influential but Overlooked Masters of Modern Music," profiling the work of the late record producer and engineer, Phil Ramone.